Due to the accelerated increase in infected patients and deaths caused by the virus, the ban-on-driving rule continues, according to the authorities of the Commission.
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Published Wednesday, January 13, 2021

26 cantons in Orange Alert due to covid-19

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 

On Tuesday, the National Emergency Commission announced more changes in the areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.



According to the commission, the cantons in Orange Alert are:

• Alajuelita, Curridabat, Pérez Zeledón, Vázquez de Coronado in San José Province.

• Grecia, Guatuso, Naranjo, Orotina, San Carlos, Sarapiquí, Sarchí, Zarcero, in Alajuela Province.

• Cartago Central, El Guarco and Oreamuno in Cartago Province.

• Santo Domingo and Flores in Heredia Province.

• Corredores, Golfito, Osa, and Quepos in Puntarenas Province.

• Pococí, Limón Central, Matina, Guácimo and Siquirres in Limón Province.

There are no cantons under Orange Alert in Guanacaste Province.

The updated list of cantons under Orange Alert can be read on the government's website under Covid-19/Alerta/Canton.

Due to the accelerated increase in infected patients and deaths caused by the virus, the ban-on-driving rule continues, according to the authorities of the Commission.

On weekdays, the ban-on-driving-rules is from Monday through Friday, allowing driving between the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Vehicles are banned based on the last number of the license plate number, as follows:

Monday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 1 or 2.

Tuesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 3 or 4.

Wednesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 5 or 6.

Thursday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 7 or 8.

Friday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 9 or 0.

On Saturdays, the hours change to 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and vehicles with plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are banned.
 
On Sundays, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., vehicles with plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are banned

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Covid-19/Alerta/Vehicular.

The new restrictions for businesses, such as restaurants, banks, shopping centers, tourist centers, among others, are listed on the government's website under Covid-19/Alerta/Establecimientos.

The Ministry of Health officials recommend for managers or business representatives with inquiries about the weekday ban on driving, business restrictions and guidelines must directly call their headquarters at (506) 2223-0333.

The covid-19 virus continues to spread quickly throughout the country, according to the latest statistics provided by the ministry on Tuesday:

1,032 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 39,429 current active cases.

22,899 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 181,093 cases since March, approximately 12.6% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients. But since October, there is no updated information about foreign-born deaths due to covid-19.

• 596 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 247 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions.Their ages range from 1 to 93-years-old. And 349 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 139,297 patients have fully recovered, a 77% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

535,554 covid-19 tests have been conducted in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

2,367 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these are 891 women and 1,476 men. The ages range from a 2-year-old to a 101-year-old.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.



According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 1.9 million people worldwide.

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